I feel that with spring taking its time to get going I might be obsessing a little over my floral papers. Stampin’ Up! have lots of lovely Designer Series Paper (DSP) but right now I’m in love with the Ornate Garden Specialty DSP. So when I was looking for a bright and cheerful pattern to decorate a notepad it was inevitable that I ended up there. The “for everything”‘ sentiment is from the Ornate Thanks Stamp Set. It just goes to show if you think outside the box it’s a very versatile set.
I started with a notepad that I found in Dollarama a couple of months ago. It has plain black covers that I thought would be an ideal base for anything I chose to add. The notepad is described as 3-1/4″ x 5-1/4″ although that doesn’t take the spiral binding into consideration. The sizes quoted however did give me a jumping off point for my simple layers.
I began by choosing this bright and bold floral pattern from the Ornate Garden 12″ x 12″ Specialty Designer Series Paper (DSP). Then from there I chose my colour scheme. This was a simple process as Stampin’ Up! lists the colours used in the paper pack on the package label.
In the end I decided on Terracotta Tile Card for the main mat layer and cut it to 3-1/8″ x 5-1/8″. Next I cut a 3″ x 5″ piece of the DSP. Then using Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow) I attached the DSP to the card before adding the layers to the front cover of the notepad.
I have quite a few notepads and notebooks and I thought this could be a general catch-all. I can write down all the things I need to remember as I think of them. Then I can transfer my notes elsewhere e.g. shopping list, calendar etc. when I have time. So when I found the “for everything” sentiment in the Ornate Thanks Stamp Set I realised it would be perfect for this project.
Using Old Olive ink I stamped the sentiment onto some Very Vanilla Card. Then I cut it out using a die from the Ornate Frames Dies. While I was there I also cut a small piece of Terracotta Tile Card with a small squarish die from the same set.
To assemble the sentiment I decided to keep it simple and use just liquid glue for all the layers. First I attached the sentiment across the centre of the Terracotta Tile square. Next I loosely folded a 7″ piece of 1/4″ Old Olive ribbon from the Ornate Garden Ribbon Combo Pack. Then I glued the ribbon to the back of the layered sentiment, before attaching the assembled piece to the notepad cover.
In no time at all my colourful “for everything” notepad was done. I love it when I can make something functional and pretty.
Stampin’ Up! have announced that the May Paper Pumpkin kit will feature four of the five new In Colors! Plus the ink spot included in the kit will be one of the new In Colors too.
The kit will contain an exclusive stamp set plus everything you need to make twelve cards with coordinating envelopes. Eight cards will be 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″, while the remaining four cards will be notecard size (3-1/2″ x 5″). To get this kit you need to subscribe to Paper Pumpkin by May 10th. That said I have a feeling the new colours will be popular and the kit may sell out before then.
Right now Stampin’ Up! is teasing us and only providing the promotional material in black and white. We have to wait until April 24th to see the colour reveal. You can be sure I’ll share that as soon as I can.
BUNDLE BONUS – I bought the Ornate Thanks Stamp Set as a bundle with the Ornate Borders Dies (not used today). Using the single bundle item number meant I saved 10% off the cost of buying the two items separately. I’ve included a link to the bundle in case you want to explore that option further.